Boston pitchers walked 10 and hit three batters, and shaky defense by third baseman Eduardo Nunez contributed to Houston's first three runs.
Cora, who's in his first year as Boston's manager, has now been ejected twice as skipper, with the first coming on August 3 during a game against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park. Houston has allowed just 2.1 runs per game in Cole's starts on the season.
Andrew Benintendi worked the count full before looking at a 3-2 pitch that appeared to catch the edge of the zone for the third out.
Benintendi dropped his bat and vocalized his disagreement with plate umpire James Hoye's call.
The throw was way off, so off that it should've ended up in right-center field, but West was unable to get out of the way.
"I guess Verlander executed his pitch, and he called it a strike", Cora said after the game.More news: Mega Millions Jackpot Approaches Record $654 Million
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The teams will play two games here in Fenway before the series moves to Houston. "Andrew didn't agree. I didn't agree".
"I was arguing balls and strikes and he threw me out", Cora said.
Correa's base hit came on a 100-mph fastball high and tight from Joe Kelly, as the shortstop pulled his hands tight to his body on the swing and dunked one in front of Jackie Bradley Jr.
Maldonado was drilled on the base of the right hand by Sale's hardest pitch of the night, a fastball at 96 miles per hour. "I think it was 10 walks, three hit batsmen - we didn't make plays".
West took the hit in his shoulder in the eighth inning while Astros pinch runner Jake Marisnick easily stole second base.
Price, 16-7 in this year's regular season, has two post-season wins in relief in his career. "So for him to tell me before we even took our jerseys off to put on our post-season shirts that we get when we win, that was special".